Nick Aliotti wins the day
Recently ESPN the magazine came out with an article stating that a lot of students at Oregon smoke grass.
Defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti took it all in stride in a recent interview, and is even able to get a few laughs, all while continuing to handle the situation with class.
Well played coach.
How GA's blow off steam at Utah State
The Aggies have been working their tails off this spring, so the coaches decided to hold a little dance off at practice to blow off some steam.
The players enter the ring and showcase their skills, and then grad assistants Vince Natali and Spencer Toone get in on the action.
The rest you have to see for yourself.
This coach get's it
Western Michigan defensive coordinator Rich Nagy is in his first season as the Bronco's defensive coordinator; but read the quotes in the next paragraph and tell me he doesn't get it. He nailed it!
"Coaching is coaching. In the past 5 or 6 years, I think you see changes, just like society" Nagy said during the most recent Inside the Lines special. "I think the coaching part, and the kids needing coaching, hasn't changed. I think they need leadership, I think they need role models, I think they need structure, I think they need discipline."
Nagy talks about his family for a bit, noting that he's not sure if his youngest kid is at an age where she can fully realize what he does for a living. "I think they've started to realize that I go to an office, but my office is a little different than most peoples". He added that his youngest has noticed that there are a lot of "football boys" hanging around the office...and he's either going to the office to work with them, or he's out on the road looking for more of them.
Recruiting: The difference between the north and south
Texas A&M tight ends coach / special teams coordinator Brian Polian has noticed some interesting recruiting perks as a new member of the SEC.
“To be able to separate ourselves from all of the other schools in the state by telling a young man, ‘Hey, we’re not playing Iowa State, Kansas State and Kansas, we’re playing LSU, Auburn and Florida’...that’s pretty powerful” he commented.
Polian has noticed one change in particular between northern high schools and Texas high schools that he could definitely get used to.
“Doing a lot of recruiting up north, you’re used to, ‘Where is the head football coach?’ ‘Well, he’s teaching English. Come back at 3.’"
“I’ve found at these 5A schools in Texas, that’s not the case. It’s, ‘Go on back to the field house. He’s waiting for you, Coach.’ That’s been a nice surprise.”
Weis practicing how to win
Yesterday, Kansas had a 6 a.m. practice that ended unlike any other so far this spring.
To wrap up practice, Charlie Weis brings out the kicker to simulate a game winning field goal. Attempt #1 misses. Attempt #2 sails through the uprights and the sideline clears in celebration. Sounds like every other game winning practice celebration at first...right?
Not so fast.
Weis has the players clear the field. Needless to say he wasn't happy with the celebration, and addressed the situation saying, “I can tell you guys aren’t used to winning."
"Winning a football game is not supposed to be an uncommon occurrence. I know that’s a novel concept around here. OK. When you win a football game, there’s supposed to be a celebration that looks like a celebration. And that was a pile of crap."
"I believe in practicing everything, including winning. That’s what this is all about."
“This is about, third game of the season, you’re sitting here 2-0. You’re playing TCU...and you hit a field goal to win the game. Act that way!”
To really experience it, you've got to see the entire video, which can be found here.
Wyoming's got one large sound system
As you might recall, we hosted some pics of Arizona's in-house manufactured sound system. We witnessed it's power and it's impressive.
Nebraska football was quick to respond saying their homegrown system should be considered the gold-standard.
Well, Wyoming football sent us the video below showing off their "Tempo" system from CoachComm. It's a douzie. Impressive piece of equipment if you can afford it.
Brian Polian mic'd up
12thManTV down in Aggie Country has done a great job this offseason highlighting the new additions to their staff. It seems like every week they come out with something that catches our eye.
This week Brian Polian got mic'd up during a spring practice, and it will take just a few minutes from the video below to see why he's such a highly respected coach, especially when it comes to special teams.
Mizzou advertising in SEC country
Missouri has started to advertise their new look and conference affiliation in SEC country this week.
In all 16 billboards have been put up saying "Proud to be SEC: Mizzou", with half of them being placed outside the state. Three have been placed in Georgia (two in Atlanta and one in Valdosta), and one each in Tampa, Dallas, Birmingham, Jacksonville, and Memphis.
“It’s to market Missouri. We’ll be in Georgia recruiting. We’ve got great respect for the high school football in Georgia, especially in the Atlanta area. We’re just marketing our brand name a little bit. We’re going to get there and actively recruit … and we’re excited about it.” head coach Gary Pinkel stated.
As Pinkel explained, the placement of the signs was no accident. “We’ve done a complete analysis of players that sign with BCS schools out of Georgia, and certainly out of the Atlanta area, The size and production of SEC and BCS is parallel to the Metroplex area in Dallas. The numbers out of Atlanta and Dallas are nearly identical. Both have great high school football."
Down at Mizzou, there's no shortage of things to sell recruits on, as Pinkel points out to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
“The facts are, in the last six years, we’re eighth in the BCS with winning in the nation. Those are facts. We’re certainly one of six teams that have won eight or more games in the last seven years. So we win at Missouri, and we consistently win. Over the last six years, we’ve graduated 96-percent of our players. Missouri is a great place and it’s a great college town with 33,000 students. Kids love to go to school here. We’ve got a lot to sell.”